Emily Tanner-McLean (b. 1983) grew up in New York and in California and settled in Seattle WA. After studying art and working in the commercial and nonprofit art sectors for many years, she worked on park projects on Governors Island in New York and Seattle’s central waterfront. Through these projects, she became interested in how people respond to landscape, in the relationship between discord and harmony, and in how our imagination shapes our reality. She began experimenting with these ideas through video art and installation after moving to the Pacific Northwest.




New York University, Bachelor of Studio Arts, 2005

New York University, Master of Public Administration, 2013



Solo Exhibition


For Those Who Have Seen the Elephant, May 2020, Inscape Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle WA

Rose/rose/rose/rose, January 18 - February 16, 2020, The Vestibule, Seattle

Follow Me Through Four Levels, November 2018, goCstudio, Seattle WA


Group Exhibitions

Tree, a group exhibition curated by studio e gallery, June 2019, Vashon Center for the Arts, Vashon WA

Lungs/Limbs, January - February 2019, The Vatican at studio e gallery, Seattle WA

Peace By Piece, August 2005, Old Bank of Japan at Hiroshima Branch, Hiroshima, Japan

Peace By Piece, May 2005, Desbrosses Gallery, New York NY



Honors + Awards


Centrum Foundation Artist-in-Resident, Fall 2019, Fort Worden, Port Townsend WA

Inscape Artist-in-Resident, February - May 2020, Inscape Arts and Cultural Center, Seattle, WA

NYU Alumni Representative and Visiting Artist at the 60th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, August 2005

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